An idea proposed during a recent practice could yield dividends for the Brookhaven High School football team.
After the Bearcats lost each of their first two games by six points, senior cornerback Marquise Greenhow was given a shot at running back.
Although he didn't see much action at the position during a 20-17 overtime win over host Fairfield on Sept. 8, he showed his abilities in a 47-6 victory over Columbus East on Sept. 14 in the Bearcats' City League-North Division opener.
Greenhow rushed for touchdowns of 3, 30 and 45 yards against East and is expected to be an option in the backfield for the season's remainder.
The Bearcats, who improved to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in the City-North with a 33-13 win over Northland on Sept. 22, have tried several players at running back since senior Blake McEwen went down with a broken collarbone in a 20-14 loss to Marion-Franklin on Aug. 24.
"They just wanted to see how I ran during a practice before the Fairfield game, and I just told them I could run hard and could be a big part of the offense," Greenhow said.
Greenhow is the half brother of Bearcats senior quarterback Kevin Greenhow, who had thrown for seven touchdowns through four games. Last season, Kevin Greenhow saw action at wide receiver and was the backup quarterback to 2012 graduate Tajuan Green.
McEwen's status for the rest of the season is uncertain, according to coach Trevor White. Mike Fair had been seeing action at running back but also is an option at wide receiver. Devonte Lewis and Ke'Ore Turner are others who can carry the ball.
"Marquise Greenhow has stepped in at running back," White said. "He's one of our best cornerbacks, so we've been hesitant to use him there. We expected him to do well, and he's met or exceeded our expectations. Defensively, he's been playing excellent."
Marquise Greenhow is glad he's getting the opportunity to play in the backfield alongside a member of his family.
"I learned a lot my sophomore and junior years just about trying to get better and trying to lead my team to the playoffs," he said. "(Kevin and I) have been close. We've played together all of our life."
Northland runners gearing for City meet
Northland girls cross country coach Maureen Knotts has been pleased with her team's season.
On Sept. 8 in the 10-team Northland Invitational at Woodward Park, junior McKenzie Pahren placed fifth and senior Jasmine Owens placed 10th as the Vikings scored 70 points to finish fourth behind DeSales (27), Watterson (38) and Whetstone (57).
Then on Sept. 15 in the nine-team Newark Invitational, Pahren was 18th (21 minutes, 46.8 seconds) and Owens finished 19th (21:47.4) as Northland placed eighth (186) behind champion Upper Arlington (20).
Other competitors for Northland have included senior Angela Holley, juniors Monika Barton and McKenzie Thompson, sophomores Aleah Holley and Tiffany Noble and freshman Nataysia Edmonds.
The City League meet is Oct. 10 at Whetstone.
"We've had a real good season," Knotts said. "I think our hard work is paying off."
On Sept. 19 in the Arrowhead Invitational at Whetstone, the girls team was eighth (217) of 12 teams behind champion Grandview (53) and the boys team placed 15th (387) of 19 teams behind champion Bexley (68).
The boys team finished seventh (174) of 13 teams in the Northland Invitational behind champion Watterson (27). In the Newark Invitational, sophomore Darius Owens placed 45th (19:00.0) and freshman Isaiah Townsend was 102nd (21:03.8) as the Vikings finished last (350) of 13 teams behind champion Newark (39).
Other key runners for the boys team are seniors Viet Nguyen, Jacob Smiley, Jonathon Spencer and James Strickland and sophomores Matthew Burress and Ghentry Payne.
"We're very young, but we're coming along," boys coach Tom Fast said. "Darius Owens, who is a sophomore, and Isaiah Townsend, who's a freshman, have come on strong, especially Darius, and we've got a whole bunch of new guys who are getting better."
The boys and girls teams compete Saturday, Sept. 29, in the Panther Invitational at Pickerington North.
Beechcroft girls soccer team improved
The Beechcroft girls soccer team improved to 2-1 in the City League after beating Columbus East 9-0 on Sept. 18. The Cougars' other win came against Northland, 4-0 on Aug. 23.
"It's actually been going pretty well," coach Dan Zedeker said. "I told the girls that we're better than we were last year. All of the work they did over the summer is paying off."
Beechcroft, which fell to 2-4 overall with a 5-0 loss to Franklin Heights on Sept. 20, played Buckeye Valley on Sept. 25 and returns to league play Oct. 4 at Centennial.
Junior Keelah Bohanan is expected to miss the remainder of the season because of feet problems, but the Cougars have gotten key contributions from juniors Stephanie Ibarra, Hilda Macauley and Mary Stewart, according to Zedeker.